Dogfish Head Black Lodge
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
This damn fine ale is the first in a series of beers inspired by the cult show Twin Peaks. Ingredients from some of Agent Coopers Pacific Northwest favorites were incorporated into this beer cherry puree from Oregon, proprietary Seattle Sunrise blend coffee from Notting Hill in Lewes, and Douglas Fir needles clipped fresh from a tree high in the Oregon Cascades. Black Lodge pours blacker than midnight on a moonless night with a thick milk chocolate colored head, and an aroma filled with notes of subtle spruce, mocha, and the smokiness of a sawmill mysteriously set ablaze. The flavor follows suit with layers of mocha and bittersweet cocoa interwoven with a restrained tannic acidity from the tart cherries and Columbus hops, similar to an aged merlot, all wrapped in a lingering smokey veil. Best enjoyed with the company of fellow black spirits in a room with red curtains and a black and white floor; once you enter the world of this beer, there may be no coming back! The second beer in this series, White Lodge, will be brewed in the warmer months, culminating in an early June Philly Beer Week event at the Grey Lodge in Northeast Philly, where both beers will be featured along with a special blend of the two (Grey Lodge) which will only be available one time for this event.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Pours a deep black with a medium creamy tan lacing head. Aroma of coffee...actually an amazing coffee aroma, light cherry notes and milk chocolate. Flavor of milk chocolate, coffee milkshake, roasted malt, caramel with a cherry on top!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (3225) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Brewpub exclusive on tap. Pours black with a one finger of tan head. Nice cherry aroma with some pine, chocolate, roasted malt, and a little bit of coffee. Taste is chocolate, some coffee, tart cherry, and pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2200) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - MAY 9, 2012
On tap at Brewpub. Pours a deep black color with a one finger dense tan head, that has good retention and falls to a thin cap. Aroma is pine, sweet fruitiness, coffee and roasted malt. Taste has chocolate and tart fruitiness, a little bit of pine, and some smoke undertones. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smokiness follows through a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Pours pretty much pitch black. Small amount of head is poured. Lacing throughout the glass. When put up to the nose itís a nice dose of fresh and strong coffee. Loved it. Mixed in there is some smoke, pine, and roasted malt. This brew is brewed with cherry puree but I really didnít pick it up. It might of given the brew some of the sweetness it had but I just couldnít pick it out of the lineup. Taste on this beer was nice. The coffee didnít come through as much as it did in the aroma but it was still there and fresh. The pine is there and lingers with small bit of smoke thatís left in the after taste. I would of loved to seen a bit of a heavier mouthfeel on this beer but still it was nice, smooth. I really liked this beer and I would love to see this bottled at least once.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2012
From the tap poured a dark brown color with a good amount of head. Strong toasted malty flavor with a lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (5148) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Tap @ brewpub. Pours deep, dark brown with averahe, frothy tan head; short retention and some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, earthy hops, and dark fruit. Flavor is heavy malt, light hops and esters; dry, chocolate finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Tap. Pours black with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is smoke, roast and chocolate malt, prunes and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with smoke, wood, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

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